The seat cover is one of the fundamental accessories that your car requires you to have. Aside from furnishing your old car seats into brand new, seat covers also function as a defense to prevent the original seats from dust, dirt, and stains. Talking about the dirt defense, neoprene seat cover is the most recommended to use among all types of cloth by most automotive experts.

Neoprene is also known as polychloroprene or PC-rubber for it is a product of polymerization process on chloroprene materials. Given that it came from the origins of synthetic rubber, neoprene has a water resistance ability that protects against moisture, spills, and dirt.

Installing your neoprene seat covers the right way can lessen the hassle of doing it all over again once the mistake is done. Also, having mastery on seat cover installation can give a flawless result for car care and maintenance. Here are 5 basic steps to install your neoprene car seat cover.

1. Choose the best seat cover for your car.

There are two types of seat covers: the universal and the custom. If your budget is tight, I suggest that you may want to take the universal for it’s generally cheaper than a custom. But if you’re the Obsessive Compulsive (OC) type, then a customized seat cover is right for you. To let you decide, here’s a comparison between universal and custom seat covers. What you’ll love about universal is its convenience. Universal is easy to find since it’s available at any auto shops around you. Once you purchase it, then it’s all yours, unlike the custom. You have to place an order for a customized seat cover that will take you a week or two to receive it. However, the result can be worth the wait. The best thing about customizing is the way it fits exactly to the actual size and outlines of the car seats. So, expect that you won’t notice a loose area from its contours.

It’s also good to consider the matching hues, schemes, and texture in choosing the right seat covers for your car seats. The shade of covers must compliment with the color of your car’s interior. For choosing a texture of the cloth, you have options like cotton, leather, or neoprene. If you’re concerned about the cleanliness of your car, neoprene seat cover is definitely a great choice.

2. Remove the headrest.

To make the installation easier and tighter, remove the headrest from your car seats. If not removed, the headrest will cause a lumpy style that you definitely wouldn’t like at all. The easiest way to remove the headrest is by using a pin. Pull the headrest upward, then push the inner button with a pin to unlock and lastly, try to pull it up a little harder. Once you removed the headrest, you can proceed with the installation right away. You also have the option to keep the headrest installed if you are using a whole seat cover.

3. Install the seat cover.

Installation can be a little tough with lots of buckles and zips. But it can go easier once you try changing your seat cover for once or twice. First and foremost, wrap the cover around the back seat. Make sure to tighten up on contour parts. Lock the cover with its designated buckles or zippers. Next, wrap the lower cushion of the car seat. Again, remember to wrap it as tight as possible since lower cushions are more susceptible to getting crumpled. Lastly, cover the headrest into place and place it back to the car seat.